November 13, 2021
Joe has gone to heaven.
A funeral service for Joe will be held on Saturday (next week), November 20, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Roseau Evangelical Covenant Church. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021 from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Helgeson Funeral Home, Roseau, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
My man is a faithful servant of Christ. I use the word "is" because our life here is the size of a "pin prick" in our comparison to eternity. I try to maintain a scriptural perspective. Yes, I am human, and have some rocky times. I have a small blue notebook in which I have written scripture every morning. I also label some of it with the word "Voice," meaning that it is making a strong impact on my mind. My mind is a battlefield and I want God to win.
Over the years, Joe has typed his favorite sayings and scripture on recipe cards. I have a small stack of eight cards in the drawer of my desk at work. As I was thinking about what I would share this week, the thought of sharing a few of these cards each week crossed my mind. "This is a good idea!" I said, "I'm going to do this!" I also have over 850 manuscripted sermons (grin), I will think more about that at a later time.
Words of Wisdom from Pastor Joe:
Psalm 34: 6 "I cried out to the Lord in my suffering, and he heard me. He set me free from all my fears."
Psalm 16: 8 "I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me."
John 17: 17 "Stay within the perimeters of God's word. Jesus said to his father in the presence of his disciples: Thy Word is truth."
The importance of good planning:
Proverbs 29: 18 "When people do not accept divine guidance they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is happy"
Proverbs 3: 21, 22 "...Don't lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect."
Proverbs 27: 12 "A prudent person sees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences:
Proverbs 19: 2 "Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way."
The last card I am going to share is a card Joephus gave me when I started my job at Roseau Times Region. It has been a guideline for me in relationship to my goals and perspective.
This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift, therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is done gladly, if done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God's way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.
by Elisabeth Elliot
Blessings, Julie Elick